Y'all know I'm addicted to YouTube. Like, it's a problem level addicted some days. And many of the channels I frequent have "Reddits". I started noticing that many of their favorite memes and posts come from this website and realized it's something I might be interested in checking out. Having recently conquered Discord with the help of a teenager to explain it to me, I was confident I should be able to tackle this site too.
This morning I decided it was time to sign up.
First impression? It looks like old-school Twitter and Buzzfeed had a baby. And frankly, I loved old-school Twitter more than the new fangled "Nothing is ever in chronological order any more" Twitter.
I clicked the sign up button and we're off!
I signed up as Roxy. Frankly, I always sign up as my author name. A good friend let her pseudonym website lapse when she was taking a break and had a fruit loop level stalker take it over and start posting as a creepy shrine blog. (Note to self: Check that all my domains are renewed.) And I've seen many author buddies have to take on numbers or underscores because their name is already taken. So I used RoxyMews as my login. Although the suggested username of "ConfidentPickle9" was REALLY tempting.
The first thing it takes me to is a list of sub reddits to "subscribe" to and suggests at least 5. Okay. Sounds reasonable.
r/books - Well, obviously I have to sign up for that one.
r/DIY - I bought a fixer upper house. This could be useful. Also, I'm broke as a promise to keep in touch with an ex, so DIY is good.
r/gadgets - All the yes!
r/lifehacks - Please let some of this be making fun of Troom Troom.
I'm scrolling along and then I realize there were some they auto signed me up for. How the hell did a Hot Wheels subreddit get on there? That's what I get for shopping online for Christmas presents.
Once I unchecked all the weird ones, I noticed that I ended up with a lot of makeup and beauty guru suggestions. Either I watch too many of those YouTube videos or the site is using my camera and commenting on the fact that I need a shower and some serious concealer. Back to scrolling.
r/funny - The only suggested one that I kept.
r/NatureIsFuckingLit - F-bombs and pretty pics? YES.
I ignore the whole Art section because I have a serious complex about how inept I am at this aspect of creativity.
r/ThriftStoreHauls - Yaaaahhhhhhhs
I ended up signing up for 11 subs total. Then of course it declared my Captcha was not valid. I guess I didn't click it hard enough? Or maybe I am a robot. Plot twist!
First post on my feed...a promoted one. Seriously? They ARE everywhere aren't they?
Second thing I notice is I have "1 Karma". WTF is that? Hopefully it's good karma. I can't handle bad karma right now. Turns out you get more karma points when you post, or when shit you post is upvoted. (whatever that is)
I'll be staying with the 1 karma for a while. I always lurk for a significant amount of time before I post in any new group or on any platform. Mainly because I have seen far too many people crash and burn due to blazing in and spamming shit everyone knows is a big No No.
The subs are easy to click through and sort, and NGL, I spent a good thirty minutes on r/ThriftStoreHauls. That shit is my jam!
In the end, I'm signed up. We'll see if it's a time suck or if I have a way to kill a few minutes that aren't consumed with FB drama when I'm in need of phone scrolling in public places. Are you on Reddit? Are there any subreddits I need to know about? I'd love to hear about them!